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n. (alternative form of poniard English)


A poignard or poniard (Fr.) is a long, lightweight thrusting knife with a continuously tapering, acutely pointed blade and crossguard, historically worn by the upper class, noblemen, or the knighthood. Similar in design to a parrying dagger, the poignard emerged during the Middle Ages and was used during the Renaissance in Western Europe, particularly in France, Switzerland, and Italy.

Usage examples of "poignard".

Scotsman beside him, who had already stripped down to his kilt, and looked of a mind to get rid of that too, including sword, shield and all else but his naked poignard, to be carried by the hand of his naked right arm against the enemy.

Alan retreated slowly, parrying the sword with his rapier and trying to keep the poignard away from his belly with the long barrel of the pistol.

Frenchman was there with the poignard going for his throat, and they binded, thrusting for- ward at each other.

The poignard snapped the gun back to full cock and Alan took aim in the general direction and pulled the trigger.

Lewrie held him off with the rapier, going onto the attack to keep the poignard away.

A panther-head came next, and I made a puncture in his low forehead with my poignard that emerged from the back of his head.

This time, retrieving a poignard in a sheath which I thrust into my belt.

Then, garbling incoherently, the dwarf drew from some fold of his tunic the small poignard given him by Rascogne de Sevigneois.

I remained for a long time in this strange calm, just as the man who receives a thrust from a poignard feels at first only the cold steel and can often travel some distance ere he becomes weak, and his eyes start from their sockets and he realizes what has happened.

But I strove full grimly beneath his weight, I clung to his poignard desperate, I baffled the thrust that followed, And writhing uppermost rose, to deal, With bare three inches of broken steel, One stroke -- Ha!

With these sentiments she hovered about the skirts of the army, and the troops were no sooner employed in the pursuit, than she began to traverse the field of battle with a poignard and a bag, in order to consult her own interest, annoy the foe, and exercise her humanity at the same time.

Amneris comes out of the temple, and Amonasro is about to poignard her when Radames throws himself between.

The poignard in the hand of the knight assigned to stab him in the back passed overhead harmlessly.

He put his unhealthy fingers on the jewelled hilt of an ornate but virtually useless poignard and squared his shoulders.

Hardly had he begun to count when he was attacked by four desperate assassins, who with pistols and poignards did their very utmost to despoil him, but it was not the smallest use.